Coast Guard rescues bear attack victim

    Site of Kodiak bear attack. Photo courtesy of U. S. Coast Guard

    KODIAK, Alaska -- A Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak aircrew rescued the survivor of a bear attack, near Nome, Friday.

    The crew transported the man to awaiting Emergency Medical Service personnel waiting in Nome.

    While flying from Kotzebue to Nome, the aircrew observed an SOS sign on top of a shack. Upon circling back over the mining camp, the crew observed the man waving two hands in the air, which is considered an international distress signal.

    The aircrew landed and made contact with the individual, who requested medical care after being attacked by a bear a few days earlier.

    The individual was assessed and appeared to have bruising on his torso and a leg injury, according to the Coast Guard release.

    The man reported that the bear had returned to his camp and harassed him every night for an entire week.

    His friends had reported him overdue after he hadn’t returned to Nome.

     

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